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Best route into consulting

 
#1 Best route into consulting
06/04/2007 09:22

limitless

I'm almost through with my Msc (IT related).

I've applied to a few grad jobs and have been fortunate to be offered a few positions.

However, after much research, I believe consulting is the path I wish to take in my career.

I dont mind starting another role now then moving into consulting later on.

My question is this:

I've been offered a job with a Big 4 Accounting firm (IT Audit) and an Oil Major (doing IT stuff).

Would one job be more favourable than another when I intend to make the transition?

The Big 4 job is similar in terms of working with external clients and project based work.

The work with the oil major would allow me to rotate within their business units working on various projects for internal clients.

Any ideas/suggestions would be much appreciated.

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#2 RE: Best route into consulting
06/04/2007 11:59

anon to limitless (#1)

Unless you have a particular interest in oil & gas and want to specialise in that area of consulting later on, you'd be better off with a role at the Big 4.

As you say, the Big 4 role offers you a similar working environment to consulting. In addition, with all the Big 4 in, or going back into, consulting, you will have opportunities to network with consulting staff and make an internal transfer that you would not have in oil & gas. Finally, but perhaps most importantly, in terms of developing your working style, the Big 4 culture is much more conducive to moving into consulting. Unfortunately, despite the oil and gas majors' best efforts, they still have very stale, slow-moving cultures that are good for developing highly specialised engineering technicians who want to work in the same role and become very good at it over the course of 10-20 years, but which don't work for professional service staff who need to develop a broader perspective and be challenged. If you don't get very frustrated within a year of joining an oil major, you tend to slip into a way of thinking that is out of step with the rigour and demands of consulting.

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#3 RE: Best route into consulting
06/04/2007 17:06

limitless to anon (#2)

anon thanks for the reply.

I will be joining the grad scheme for both organisations.

I'm leaning slightly more towards the oil major as the people seem friendlier, better pay and the work would not be too limiting should i wish to stay within IT.

However, my main concern is that it may be alot more difficult having worked in industry with minimal/no external client experience.

any other views out there?

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